NAIDOC Week will be front and centre of arts events being held across Queensland this week, and Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said it was a great opportunity for people to hear and learn stories dating back thousands of generations.
This year’s NAIDOC Week has the theme – Because of Her, We Can – and Ms Enoch said storytelling through the arts was a way to recognise the history and achievements of First Nations peoples and communities, and celebrate the invaluable contributions that women have made, and continue to make.
“Our Government fully supports events such as NAIDOC Week as important celebrations of Indigenous identity and connection to country,” Ms Enoch said.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s investment in Indigenous art is part of our ongoing commitment to showcasing some of Queensland’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to the world, and generating economic opportunities for artists and communities.
“Through Arts Queensland, our Government is proud to support the annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), as part of the $12.6 million Backing Indigenous Arts initiative, to build a sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts industry in Far North Queensland.
“CIAF is recognised as one of the State’s most significant cultural tourism events.
“Starting on Thursday, the Fair will showcase the arts of Queensland’s First Nations People to a national and international audience.”
Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government also supported regional Indigenous arts projects that celebrate NAIDOC Week through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), which has delivered arts experiences in partnership with local councils for 27 years.
“RADF funding in the Isaac region will support 70-year-old Lloyd Hornsby Gawura, who lives and breathes the vibrant culture of his ancestral art, to share his story and life experiences in a series of inspirational workshops during NAIDOC Week and the school holidays,” Ms Enoch said.
“In Brisbane, arts and cultural organisations will have a central role in the annual Musgrave Park Family Fun Day on Friday 13 July; a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with dance, song, food, art and stories.
“I am also delighted the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), State Library of Queensland, and Brisbane Festival will come together to connect with community in a diverse program that focuses on children’s art activities, a chill out space, and a main stage of performers and entertainers from the community.
“In Aunty Roxy’s Story Time at Brisbane Festival’s stall, Indigenous actor and story teller Roxanne McDonald will share personal stories, family history and children’s Dreamtime stories with song and dance. Roxanne will also perform in Belloo Creative’s show Rovers as part of Brisbane Festival this September.”
At the QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre youngsters will be able learn about traditional weaving techniques and create their own pendant using recycled materials with Quandamooka artist Sonja Carmichael.
“Sonja uses traditional and contemporary weaving techniques and draws inspiration from the many stories connected to Quandamooka traditional woven bags, reflecting her family’s cultural connections with the land and seas of Minjerribah,” Minister Enoch said.
At the State Library’s kuril dhagan, Torres Strait Islander children’s author, Jasmine Herro will lead a special storytime reading session of her new book, Teter Mek and the Stolen Crocodiles on 11 July.
“I encourage all Queenslander’s to take the opportunity this week to attend some of the vibrant NAIDOC activities and experiences on offer across the State,” Minister Enoch said.
For more information about NAIDOC Week 2018 visit: www.naidoc.org.au
For information about Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts initiative visit www.arts.qld.gov.au.
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch